Shelves as organizers, bedroom shelves, space savers

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For so many people their bedroom is their sanctuary, but for others, it is only so much storage space in the disarray of constant clutter.  Now you can organize your bedroom and your  furnishings to hold more and still look minimal.

Shelves as organizers are more and more popular in the bedroom, and can cover the entire wall while making optimal use of the space in the room.

Many of the online shelf plans, or those meant to organize your closets are not always of the best quality.  Organizing your closet using shelves is a great way to save space, but clothes closet shelves tend to bear a heavy load when clothes are hung in the shelving.  This is common, and these are shelves you may want to consider creating yourself from shelf plans in order to gain the quality you’ll need for stronger shelving.

One thing you will want to verify when looking at your set of shelf plans is to see if the shelves dimensions will allow them to fit in the bedroom or closet.

Here is a picture of one of the shelf projects you could build to organize your closets.  This project is fairly easy and would be an excellent addition to a closet otherwise void of segregated hanging space and having drawers.

Features as pictured will give you much more room in your closet and spare you of the needless and annoying clutter which frequently accompanies a poorly planned area of the home.

It is not always easy to find exactly what you are looking for in a set of shelving plans for your closet, but keep in mind, you can make field adjustments fairly easily when building shelves in the closet.

Just carefully note any changes on your plans, check and double-check to make sure of your measurement adjustments and get the perfect outcome to a worthy woodworking home project.

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Trying to Catch Some Extra Time

Woodworking Is My Hobby and I don’t Have All Day!

I absolutely love woodworking, but the time I have to spend on my favorite hobby is frequently limited. Lack of time has never dampened my enthusiasm, but it has certainly made me more efficient.  Our title today sounds more like a hair coloring commercial, but when you stop and think about it, time is not only money but time can also be opportunity.

In today’s atmosphere, it seems we are all looking for something free, and I will be the first to confirm there are tons of free plans for all sorts of woodworking projects on the web.  I actually use some of them for examples for this website, but I rarely do so when I am serious about one of my personal woodworking projects.

Part of the reason is the unbelievable amount of time you will spend looking for the exact shelf plans and design you need while pouring through the millions (literally) of websites out there with free plans on them.  Woodworking is my hobby not my day job unfortunately.  Given this, if I want to enjoy my hobby when I can, then I don’t want to be spending hours and hours looking for something on the web when I could be building it already.

Other more subtle reasons exist too, that bear mentioning.  If you do decide the time spent searching for shelf plans is of no concern to you, then be aware there are sites which require you sign up to get plans, sometimes free, sometimes not.  Other sites, charge for more complete instructions or printable ones, etc.  Just be careful, and remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.”

If you are fairly new to woodworking and to following the directions of shelf plans or any other type of woodworking plan, you’ll be well advised to stick with those which give you the most and best information possible.  Be sure there are step-by-step instructions with illustrations as well as lists of the tools and exact types of materials you will need to

A "safety first" sign to remind woodworkers to protect the ones they love by using and following quality shelf plans and woodworking plans

Safety First – Protect the Ones You Love

complete the project.

While I’ve said it before, it bears repeating that safety is a major factor in many of the woodworking projects you may decide to try.  These concerns invariably center around the quality of the construction and materials used.  Whether you are building load bearing storage or pantry shelves, a piece of outdoor furniture, or a loft bed for the kids, you need to build these projects with the materials that will hold up under the use for which these finished items are intended.

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Illustration from a set of shelf plans exploding the parts so the user can see how each part relates to the whole

How the Parts of the Shelf Relate

How To Build Shelves Is An Easy  First Woodworking Project

Most things are easy to start if you follow three steps, which I call the keys, to your success in woodworking.  A contractor knows he needs

plans before he builds, the tailor knows he needs a pattern before he makes a suit, and a good woodworker knows he needs a set of shelf plans before he tackles a shelf building project.

Shelf plans can be found virtually anywhere.  Free ones and ones for purchase are on the web, there are books in the reference sections of the major home improvement stores, and books abound at your own public library.  If this is your first shelf project, you would be well advised to buy a set of quality shelf plans which will guide you step-by-step through project and will also include lists of the materials and tools you will need.

Some would tell you to pick the design first, but given these trying times, my advice is to determine your budget first.  Once you have determined the price range of your project, then you are ready to begin your basic research for designs and materials.

Your second task will be selecting your design.  Literally, thousands of woodworking designs are available at the click of your mouse.  Your design will be dependent in greatest part on two factors.  The location of the shelves.  Are you planning to build garage storage shelves or furniture quality book shelves?  What will the weight or load be on the shelves you  are planning?  Knowing these facts then frees you to begin evaluating shelf plans for your exact purpose.

Pictured are three small boat hulls standing upright on the sterns' transoms with additional cross members from port to starboard creating shelves.

Books and Ships Ahoy!

Last, but certainly not least, learn all you can about the project you will be building and practice with the tools you’ll use if you are rusty or have never used a particular tool before.  You’ll often find too that you can learn a great deal from family members and/or friends who have shelf building experience.  Asking for and receiving help from others is a wonderful way to solidify bonds with them too.  It opens the door for reciprocal give and take in the future and allows for the sharing our most precious assets, our  time and our knowledge.

Have fun with your project and do take a minute to evaluate the quality and the many choices you will have when you purchase your shelf plans from this premier woodworker from Iowa.


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